‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes, researchers say

This is a detailed look at the attacks by right-wing, Alt-right, white supremacists in the wake of the recent attack in Pittsburgh on a Jewish synagogue. I particularly recommend that because it puts into perspective some of the more recent attacks that the FBI and the Department of Justice have characterized as hate crimes (but not domestic terrorism).

You’ve heard me rant in the past about the absence of any federal statistics by competent government authorities and agencies on the numbers of domestic terrorist attacks in the United States on an annual basis. This is a serious shortcoming as it makes it very difficult for college professors, like myself who are charged with passing to their students the size of the domestic terror threat, and city managers to understand how big the problem is so that they may determine what portion of their budget should be allocated to their police departments to help prevent, disrupt and neutralize these attacks. Having said all this I wish to add that the FBI does provide annual statistic on hate crimes, but not domestic terror attacks.

There is much more to this article, however, than a discussion of hate crimes versus domestic terrorism. From the statistics currently available to me from academic institutions, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and the analytical services I subscribe to the threat from domestic terrorist groups, both in lethality and number of attacks over the years since 9/11, significantly exceeds the threat from international terror group attacks domestically or those attacks by lone wolf terrorists motivated by international terror groups.

The article also considers the motivations believed to be behind several of the recent attacks, including the Pittsburgh attack. I will be providing this article to the students in my current course at Radford.

Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes